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Chief Executive Election and Civil Referendum; Booming High-End Property; Imagi Studios; Fewer Languages in Education? (23 Mar 2007)


At the same time as 796 Election Committee members vote Donald Tsang in as Chief Executive on Sunday, the Campaign group Project Civil Referendum will be holding a territory-wide ballot. Citizens will be able to vote on who they would like to see as the territory's leader, whether universal suffrage should be introduced in 2012, and whether they support a minimum wage. Last week a penthouse unit at "The Legend" was sold at a record price of $32,000 per square foot. Who is paying this kind of money? And are these high prices for luxury apartments going to trickle down? Hong Kong and Los Angeles-based Imagi Studios is giving a press conference on Friday afternoon, and releasing its first production: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Imagi, which is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, is scaling up its facilities to deliver a CG-animated feature every eight months. After "Turtles," its next two, "Gatchaman" and "Astro Boy," are scheduled for release in late 2008 and early 2009, respectively. With us in the studio are co-CEO Douglas Glen, and animation executive Cecil Kramer. New education guidelines mean that Hong Kong schools should emphasise English language and Chinese. Some school principles say that this stipulation means other languages, such as French, German, Japanese, will be squeezed out, even if students, and their parents, want them.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, March 23, 2007
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